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The corked was pulled, the wine decanted for 90 minutes, and the the wine was placed back in its original bottle (double decant).65% Cab S, 30% Merlot, Cab Franc 5%. Dark purple red color. Poop and leather on the aroma, not one of my favorite french aromatic profiles. However, the flavor was completely different. It was refined with fruit, flowers, cinnamon stick and highly structured. The tannins were refined but on point. 90-91 pts.
 
Posts: 1201 | Location: SLC,UT | Registered: Jan 03, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Interesting. JAR and I enjoyed a bottle of this wine recently.

Our bottle was all about the nose, and a completely different nose than RR's bottle. The nose on this bottle was so intoxicating you really did not want to taste, as you thought there was no way the wine could show as well as the nose.

When Margaux does show well, the nose often steals the show for me.
 
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W+A- any opinion on readyness? I've got a few of these


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Doc, I thought the wine was showing great promise based on the nose, and perhaps JAR will jump in here.

Based solely on this bottle, I would try one later this year if I were you and see what you think if you have several.

I would give the wine an hour+ in the decanter.
 
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Thanks W+A. I still have 3. I looked in cellartracker to find that I drank one in 11/2008 and I quite liked it, thinking it was getting ready to drink. I'll open another in the next year or so just to see.


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I just found out that I have four bottles left in my cellar. Totally forgotten about them.

Maybe I will open one during the superbowl party Big Grin

Hopefully it won't be disappointing.
 
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Well, as planned I opened one during the SB party yesterday.

Tried a few drops upon opening. Tannin was still strong so I decided to drink another wine first.

After about 1 hour decanting, the tannin was gone, nose was great with slight perfume smell, and alcohol was nicely balanced.

It didn't give me a wow factor but I quite enjoy it with the food served.

One thing I noticed. The overall wine was fading away when I drank the last glass. Maybe around 5 hours after it was opened.

I think it will last a few more years, but I would suggest start drinking it, which I will do with the rest of mine.
 
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